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Ralph Weisheit, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Illinois State University where he has been teaching and conducting research for over 25 years. He has authored eight other books, including Domestic Marijuana: A Neglected Industry and Crime and Policing in Rural and Small-Town America. His research on methamphetamine draws together his knowledge of illicit drugs and of rural crime issues to gain a more comprehensive understanding of its effects, issues concerning the manufacture of the drug, and the process by which use of the drug spreads from one region to another.

William L. White, M.A., is a senior research consultant at Chestnut Health Systems Florida with more than thirty-five years of experience in the addictions field as a counselor, clinical director, researcher, and trainer. He has authored thirteen books, including Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America, which received the McGovern Family Foundation Award for the best book on addiction recovery. White is the receipient of several other awards and recognitions from such organziations as the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and NAADAC: The Association of Addiction Professionals.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592857175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592857173
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on October 29, 2009
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Certainly, there has been much written on the subject of methamphetamine use and abuse in recent years; this book, written by Ralph Weisheit, provides a clinical perspective on meth, and in the process, separates the facts from the myths.

One of the myths Weisheit debunks is the widespread opinion that America is in the throes of a meth epidemic; research shows that most of the use and abuse occurs in the western states, along with a few isolated rural areas. In those cases, this drug has certainly been big trouble for its users; but the notion that the entire country is in danger of an "epidemic" is perhaps overstated.

Ironically, the two most lethal drugs in existence, tobacco and alcohol, are both quite legal and widely accessible. The number of deaths related to smoking and alcohol abuse are well documented. The reason there is little public outcry, aside from the efforts of M.A.D.D., is simply due to its social acceptance. The fact that the Marlboro Man and the King of Beers is pumping billions into the economy, somehow makes it okay.

Strangely enough, methamphetamine was considered a "wonder drug" during the first half of the 20th century, as was cocaine. Freud, who revolutionized psychotherapy was a well-known coke user and Hitler thought providing meth to his soldiers made them world class fighting machines. His strategy failed.

Meanwhile, millions toke up every day on pot, as this country tries to grapple with the legal ramifications of its possession and use.

The evidence supports the theory that no drug use is good drug use; and if someone becomes addicted to any type of drug, the consequences are usually devastating. From booze to meth, the message is, "Just say no."

Weisheit provides a fascinating and balanced look at the meth problem, and in the process, gives a more optimistic picture about our latest "national crisis".
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